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Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.
An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.
Columns by Leonie Barrie
just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.
Articles by Leonie Barrie
A package of bills introduced in the House and Senate yesterday (16 April) has sparked hope that a long-delayed trade agenda could finally move forward this year.
Italian fashion retailer Benetton Group is to double the amount of compensation paid into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund to US$1.6m following an independent assessment by PwC.
Annual savings of $14.7m in operating costs are being claimed for an initiative helping to cut water, energy and chemical use at textile mills in China supplying brands including Target, H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss.
?World merchandise trade is set to see a “modest” recovery in 2015 and 2016 following three years of weak growth, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said, but geopolitical crises and concerns about economic growth are weighing on its forecasts.
US based manufacturer SmartWool – a unit of VF Corporation – has signed a new $8m fibre supply contract to use wool from the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) in its socks and clothing.
The National Retail Federation is embarking on a multimillion-dollar investment to form a new department within the US trade association focusing on industry research.
?California-based circular knitter SAS Textiles has developed a new line of synthetic performance fabrics developed for today’s athletic, outdoor, and lifestyle customers.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering new flammability requirements for clothing fabrics, including changes in the way textiles are prepared for testing.
Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry’s main manufacturing hubs.
The multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact has the potential to reshape the global apparel sourcing landscape, but after five years of talks it continues to face an uphill battle – and the role of China remains unclear.
- Myanmar - right time, right place, new challenges
- 3D printing gears up for fashion industry change
- Apparel working conditions linked to profit
- Morocco plans to grow fast fashion exports
- Cutting pollution saves China textile mills money
- Cambodia growth to slow on competition and cost
- China cotton imports to rise as Xinjiang cuts crop
- Adidas launches "lightest ever" football boot
- Crystal first China licensee of RevoLaze tech
- Thailand project to vertically integrate clothing